Sunday, 31 May 2020

Bloody Mary Nasturtium

Just popping by to say hi!  This is my first nasturtium flower to come out.  The flowers are supposed to be dark red and rich cream flecked.  I am looking forward to seeing it in full bloom.

 

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Fruit and Veg Happening in the Garden

 I gave the grass a haircut today.  Cutting the grass helps keep me fit and It's a job I don't mind doing.

Tiny Braeburn apples are beginning to form on my potted apple tree.  Won't be such a good harvest this year with only half as many pollinated as last year.

 Cute, perfect pea pods on my dwarf half pint pea.

 Strawberries set and ready to ripen.

 Dwarf runner beans in the border.

 Courgette flowers beginning to form.

Plums!  Lots and lots of plums.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

More Cat Cards

Making the cards has been a good diversion for my state of mind.  I've been a bit low this week with external factors getting to me.  I tend to keep busy in the garden or making food or doing other domestic chores.  I am used to spending long hours alone so it has been a learning curve for me to have two other adults working from home. 

When things return to 'normal' and I get my space back I may feel inclined to do painting again but I need complete quiet to do that.  Card making keeps me occupied and I have something to show for my time! 

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Did Some Card Making

It has been so long since I made a card that I hardly knew where to start!  Luckily I have a lot of craft supplies but am a bit bored of seeing the same papers.  I watched a YouTube video and found a new way of using my papers by mixing them up, cutting/tearing into strips and sticking them down onto a base card.

Using a wood block stamp and black paint I stamped a jolly cat design onto printed papers and carefully cut round the edge.

These were such fun to do.  I know how I am going to be spending some of today!

Edited:  Forgot to say that the small motifs are on the backs of the cards.

Friday, 1 May 2020

Keeping Busy

I have been busy during lock down but don't have much to show for it.  The lily-of-the-valley in my front garden narrow border are now coming to an end.  I picked a few to show you in a Portmeirion posy vase that was gifted to me by my late Auntie Gladys.

As well as gardening I have been doing some free online courses with  OpenLearn  as recommended by my blogging friend Rosie.  The one I completed so far was Dutch Painting of the Golden Age - a period in history (17th Century) that fascinates me.  I have also been looking at all kinds of copyright free material with Project Gutenberg which is an online library of over 60,000 free e-books - mostly older literary works.  It has certainly kept me occupied and entertained!

I haven't yet got around to doing my other creative outlets such as collage, painting, embroidery etc. Hopefully I will allot some time to do so.

Keep well and stay safe!


Thursday, 23 April 2020

More Seeds and Planting Out

These bean seeds are called Yin and Yang!  I bought them just because I liked the look of them!  I have no idea what kind of bean it produces.  It will be fun to see how they turn out.

I have planted some nasturtiums inside the narcissi pot that have now finished flowering.  Once the leaves die down the nasturtiums  can take over and I should have (almost) year round interest.

 Two lots of  different salad leaves on the go. 

Two varieties of capsicum peppers.  They will be potted on when they get bigger - I think it is meant to be when they are at the eight leaf stage.

These seedlings above are from the seed saved from a shop bought pepper that I had eaten.  They are just an experiment really to see how they compare to the more expensive ones bought from a seed company.

Strawberry plants are now in flower in the strawberry bed.  They are all grown from runners from the parent plant.  An early variety called 'Sweetheart'.

On Monday I put three courgette plants into my newly prepared earth.  Today I planted out dwarf french beans and dwarf runner beans and a couple of white borage plants.  Fingers crossed we don't have a frost any time soon! 

Friday, 17 April 2020

Sowing and Growing on

Since 23 March I have been sowing seeds and growing on.  It is wonderful to see life thriving right in front of me!  Courgettes, nasturtiums, runner beans and french beans and peas and white borage have been hardening off outside during the day.  At night they come in to the conservatory to keep sheltered from the weather, slugs and snails and other creepy crawlies.

They have grown so quickly!

This nasturtium is called Bloody Mary!  I can't wait to see it when in flower.  I've been sowing and growing many other things too.  I will show them another time.